US Supreme Court partially reinstates Trump travel ban

Donald Trump was named Time Person of the Year, the magazine announced on Dec. 7, 2016. (Credit: Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla)

The US Supreme Court on Monday handed a partial victory to President Donald Trump by narrowing the scope of lower court rulings blocking the president’s controversial travel ban targeting visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries.

According to the court, the 90-day ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, along with a 120-day suspension of the US refugee resettlement program, could be enforced against those who lack a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States”, the guardian reports

The court said it would hear arguments on the legality of one of Trump’s signature policies in his first months as president in the court’s next term, which starts in October.

The order will be implemented within 72 hours, the state department said.

“We will keep those traveling to the United States and partners in the travel industry informed as we implement the order in a professional, organized, and timely way,” said Heather Nauert, a state department spokeswoman.

A number of high profile Democrats and migrant rights advocates vowed to continue fighting against the ban.

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